Monday: Dart Frog

May 21, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Gretchen is the new calendar and meteorologist girl for this week.  She found all the numbers from the weekend and put them on the calendar.  Gretchen discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.   She reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what they learned about Blue Morpho Butterflies.  The children told me everything they know about frogs. Discussed:  What color would you make a poisonous frog?  Dart frogs are brightly colored, poisonous frogs found in the Amazon jungle.  (They are brightly colored to serve as a warning to other animals.) Fun Facts:  Poison Dart frogs live in the rainforest habitats in Central and South America.  They can be found in trees, as well as under leaves and logs and rocks on the floor of the forest.  Because of their size, 1/2 to 2 inches long, they are hard to see.  Poison frogs warn predators with brilliant colors and patterns.  There are many species of poison frogs that can be found in every color under the sun!  They prey on invertebrates, especially certain ant species, which build up really strong poisons in the frog.  Dart Frogs got their name because hunters would tip their arrows in the frog’s poisons.  Sadly, because people are cutting down rainforests for farming and ranching, Poison Dart Frogs are at risk.  The Blue Poison Dart Frog is the most endangered due to the pet-shop market.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think poison dart frogs move? Dart frogs have sticky pads on the bottom of their feet that let them jump and stick to trees, leaves, vines and more.  We looked at suction cups and stuck them to our hands.  I then showed the children how they would dip them in paint and make sticky frog prints on paper.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How high can you leap?  A frog’s back legs are bigger than his front legs so he can leap very, very high.  We grabbed a partner and played leap frog.  One child got on their knees tucking their heads near their knees while the other child placed hands on their back and leaped over them.  The children did this all through the room.  

Numbers:  Discussed:  What would you eat if you were a frog?  Dart frogs like to eat moving food.  They use their super sticky tongues to catch flies, ants and other bugs found in the jungle.  We took our Pocket counters and fed the frogs the matching number of bugs (9, 10, 19, or 20).  We then used the strips to do some addition and subtraction problems on the wipe off board.  

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  Where do you think a small dart frog would want to live?  Special plants that grow in the jungle, called bromeliads, collect water and make a little pond that the dart frogs live around. We looked at the capital and lowercase “Aa”.  Discussed the sounds the letter makes.  The children told me all the words they could think of that start with the letter “a”.  We then looked in the dictionary for more “a” words.  

Show and Tell:    Each child brought an item that begins with the letter “a”.   They came up one at a time and told us about their item and why they brought that item.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play/Big Cardboard Blocks Center 2:  Sticky Frog Art-  The children will use the suction cups to dip into paint and make sticky frog prints on the paper.  Center 3:  Pocket Counters-  The children will cut all their strips of bugs, frogs, and numbers out.  

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